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The Songwriting Lessons

You hum it, I'll play it...

Ohh the great mystery that is songwriting. I'm not sure you can learn how to do it, in fact I have always been against the idea of learning anything about writing and just doing it. But then, I guess I learnt a lot by hanging out with good writers, and writing a lot. Experience is often the best teacher.

But I have been talking about this with lots of other writers over the last year, and a few very interesting points have been made to me. The strongest is art school, people learn about painting, the technical aspects and study the masters, then go and make their own work. Visual art is also a medium that people express themselves from. Lots of great artists went to art school... But most of them joined bands and became musicians!! ;)

I don't know what I think any more! Can it be taught? Where do songs come from? I have no idea. But I am going to share some tips I learnt along the way, and I hope that they are useful for someone...

It's important to point out here that I don't consider myself an expert songwriter. I have one song that has done pretty well for me and got me a platinum disk (Turn To Tell) but that's it. I have my own album out , so I guess you can all be the judge of my writing ability. I love writing, more than playing guitar, more then anything else I get to do, so I am nothing if not passionate! But writing, like all art is subjective. I would never expect everyone to like what I do, because I don't like everything I hear. ;)

SO-010 - So you want to be a writer...
I love this poem and it expresses the way that I feel about writing.

SO-011 • Pete Cunnah on Bukowski
But one of my good mates and fantastic writer and producer, Pete Cunnah does not agree at all. So in this "lesson" he argues against the Bukowski poem with his own experience.

SO-012 • Songs You Love
The one thing I did early on, when I first started writing songs was to study the masters. Most of the good writers I know have used similar techniques, and if you have not tried this before (no matter how experienced you are) then give it a go. It will at least be interesting.

SO-013 • Starting Writing Songs
In this short text lesson I explain a method of stealing you might like to use if you are struggling to write your first song or have no idea where to start!!


Music Business 101 Mini Series

A good friend of mine runs the Music Business Institute and as he was over I asked him to sit down and answer some of the very common questions I get from songwriters all the time! *Links directly to YouTube video

What Is Copyright?

Random Music Biz Stuff

SO-111 • Music Business Quotes
I copied these quotes (with permission) from another web site I found years ago. If you are venturing into the music business you might find some truth here!

Lesson ID: SO-000